Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rollover: A Dan Mahoney Mystery-Susan Slater

Rollover: A Dan Mahoney Mystery
Susan Slater
Poisoned Pen, Jul 1 2014, $24.95
ISBN 9781464202964

Still in New Mexico after working a case for United Life and Casualty (see Flash Flood), fiftyish insurance investigator Dan Mahoney heads to Wagon Mound, New Mexico on his latest assignment.  Robbers tunneled their way into a bank’s safe deposit area to steal a century plus old Tiffany diamond and sapphire necklace, and matching earrings worth $500,000; but left behind in the nearby vault millions in easier to liquidate money.

His car breaks down on the way to see the victim of the theft, octogenarian Gertrude Kennedy, but Dan fortunately gets a lift from former stunt performer Curt Echols.  However, an accident leaves the driver dead and Dan in a Santa Fe hospital.  After leaving the hospital, Dan meets Gert and her daughter Penelope.  He likes the feisty senior citizen, but believes the daughter conceals key information that makes the sleuth wonder what Penelope knows about the robbery.  Complicating matters are his girlfriend Elaine Linden vanishes, the Echols car crash was no accident and people related to the bank and the robbery die.

The second Mahoney investigation is a great thriller as nothing seems quite like it appears.  Fast-paced and filled with action, readers will relish this enchanting mystery while hoping not to wait a dozen years for another Mahoney insurance fraud case.

Harriet Klausner

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